Skip to main content

The Diplomat season 2: New cast members and more

We've got the scoop on The Diplomat season 2!

Keri Russell in The Diplomat.
Netflix

Although The Diplomat arrived with little fanfare in 2023, it has earned its place among the best shows on Netflix. For her first TV series since FX’s critically acclaimed Cold War drama, The Americans, Keri Russell was cast in the leading role as Kate Wyler, the new U.S. Ambassador to Britain. Unlike Russell’s previous role on The Americans, Kate’s not the kind of character who is going to get any action scenes. But there’s more than enough intrigue on this show to keep fans excited about its return.

And that return may be closer than you think. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to everything we know about The Diplomat season 2, including the first new cast member to join the show.

What is The Diplomat about?

Keri Russell in The Diplomat.
Netflix

In a case of art imitating reality, The Diplomat begins with high tensions between the United States and Iran, especially when the latter is seemingly behind an attack on a British aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. That’s the tumultuous situation that Kate walks into when she’s named the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Kate is accompanied by her husband and fellow diplomat, Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell), whose career has stalled. More tellingly, the relationship between Kate and Hal is clearly strained. Additionally, Kate isn’t initially aware that she is under consideration to be the next Vice President of the United States of America. Assuming, of course, that Kate can keep the tensions in Britain from boiling over into an international incident that leads to a new war.

What happened in The Diplomat season 1 finale?

Rory Kinnear in The Diplomat.
Netflix

Kate correctly deduced that Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge was the real mastermind behind the attack at the beginning of the series in order to push the United Kingdom towards war with Iran. However, before Kate could put this knowledge to use, her husband, Hal, Deputy Chief of Mission Stuart Hayford (Ato Essandoh), office clerk Ronnie (Jess Chanliau), and MP Merritt Grove (Simon Chandler) were all caught in a car bomb explosion. Whether anyone survived that attack is the cliffhanger that The Diplomat ended its first season.

Who’s coming back for The Diplomat season 2?

David Gyasi and Keri Russell in The Diplomat.
Netflix

Russell is reprising her role as Kate Wyler for the second season. As noted above, the cliffhanger ending left the fate of the characters portrayed by Sewell, Essandoh, Chanliau, and Chandler in doubt. However, the following cast members are likely to reappear:

  • David Gyasi as Austin Dennison
  • Ali Ahn as Eidra Park
  • Rory Kinnear as U.K. Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge
  • Celia Imrie as Margaret Roylin
  • Miguel Sandoval as Miguel Ganon
  • Nana Mensah as Billie Appiah
  • Michael McKean as President William Rayburn
  • T’Nia Miller as Cecilia Dennison

Who’s joining the cast of The Diplomat season 2?

Allison Janney in Mom.
Warner Bros. Television

So far, Netflix has only announced a single cast addition for The Diplomat season 2, but it’s a big one. Allison Janney has signed on to play Grace Penn, the Vice President of the United States of America. Vice President Penn was mentioned a few times during the first season. And if the efforts to make Kate the new Vice President are successful, then she is the woman whom Kate will replace under President Rayburn.

Janney is best known for playing C. J. Cregg on The West Wing, as well as for her leading role as Bonnie Plunkett on the sitcom, Mom. Janney won Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and Best Actress in a Drama for The West Wing, in addition to a win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Mom. Additionally, Janney won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards in 2019 for her role in I, Tonya.

When will The Diplomat season 2 premiere?

Keri Russell in The Diplomat.
Netflix

Despite the fact that six months of production time were lost in 2023 to the writers and actors strikes, Netflix has good news for fans of The Diplomat. Netflix has indicated that The Diplomat season 2 will premiere in 2024. Regardless, we believe a late 2024 return is more likely than a summer premiere for the show.

Editors' Recommendations

Blair Marnell
Blair Marnell is a freelance writer for The Manual, Digital Trends, Fandom, Yahoo Entertainment, and more!
The Morning Show season 4: Everything we know so far
Get the scoop on The Morning Show season 4!
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show.

The Morning Show isn't simply one of the best shows on Apple TV+; it's one of the original series that launched the streaming service in 2019. To date, there have been three seasons of the hit drama series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom are also executive producers on the show. Aniston plays Alexandra "Alex" Levy, the longtime host of The Morning Show on the fictional network UBA. Witherspoon portrays Alex's former TMS co-host, Bradley Jackson, who has moved on to become a news anchor at the network.

Alex and Bradley's stories have intertwined for three seasons, and a fourth season of The Morning Show was confirmed in April 2023. While new episodes have yet to begin production, we're sharing everything we know about The Morning Show season 4 so far.
What happened in The Morning Show season 3?

Read more
This Amazon Prime crime show just got a second season — before it even debuts
Amazon Prime Video is betting on this new series
Amazon Prime Video logo on blue.

In an era when more and more studios and streaming services are cutting costs, it can be surprising to see a studio be so confident in a property that they give it multiple seasons before a single episode has aired. In the case of Amazon Prime Video's new series, Cross, though, that's exactly what happened.

The show, which is based on James Patterson's best-selling novels about a detective and forensic pathologist who analyzes the minds of killers as he works to catch them, has been renewed for a second season before its first season has premiered. The show stars Aldis Hodge as Alex Cross and also stars Ryan Eggold, Isaiah Mustafa, Alona Tal, Johnny Ray Gill, Eloise Mumford and Siobhan Murphy.

Read more
Will Quarterback season 2 happen?
What we know so far about a potential second season for Quarterback
The poster for season 1 of Quarterback

After a hugely successful first season on Netflix, Quarterback seemed like a sure bet for a second season. The show, which documented three NFL quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, and Marcus Mariota) as they prepared for the upcoming season, was a unique insight into the lives of professional athletes and also gave us a look at the personal lives of people who we usually only see wearing helmets.

Now, though, that second season is in doubt, as there's been no official confirmation that the season is coming from Netflix. Here's what we know about whether there will be a second season, and if there is, who might be involved.
Will Quarterback season 2 happen?
Quarterback Season 1 Trailer

Read more